facts about magnets

  1. Chemical Process Industries and Magnetically Coupled Pumps

    Chemical Process Industries and Magnetically Coupled Pumps
    In the Chemical Process Industries (CPI), you have to pay special attention to the interaction between the “media” or type of chemical you are pumping and the pump itself. Sometimes the media is acidic, toxic, corrosive, abrasive, or gas-laden, meaning it can be extremely valuable as well as extremely dangerous. Roughly 90% of damage to CPI pump systems results from poor design (for example, a leak in the seal) or an operating error. The damage can lead to downtime, incurred cost, and potentially, injured employees.  Continue reading →
  2. Preventing Catastrophe: Magnets Used in Breakaway Gas Pumps

    Preventing Catastrophe: Magnets Used in Breakaway Gas Pumps
    It’s well known that magnets are often used to prevent unwanted and unpleasant events like break-ins and car accidents. But what about explosions? If someone goes to a gas station to fill up and gets distracted, they may try to drive away with the gas hose still attached to their tank. This one moment of thoughtlessness can lead to catastrophe. Most gas station owners have at least a few stories of people driving away with the gas pump still attached to their car, sometimes taking the hose right along with them. It’s a common enough occurrence  that the industry designs pumps for the situation called breakaways. Traditional breakaway pumps function almost like a lizard tail — separating into two pieces with enough force is applied. However, traditional technology is often designed for single-use, and requires upwards of 350 pounds of pull force to separate for inspection. This shortens service life and increases the business owner’s maintenance costs. Continue reading →
  3. How Magnets Are Used in the Creative World of Product Packaging

    How Magnets Are Used in the Creative World of Product Packaging
    Creative designers and retailers in manufacturing companies are looking to create the most innovative and easy-to-use packaging for their products. Some companies want to take it a step further and create even more unique packaging that actually engages customers in its use. To do so requires them to experiment with new materials. In recent years, magnets have become a popular choice. Continue reading →
  4. How Magnets are Changing Mountain Bike Chainrings

    How Magnets are Changing Mountain Bike Chainrings
    There seems to be an increased trend of companies incorporating magnets into bike and bike accessory designs --the latest trend includes magnetic platform pedals. The goals of these innovations are to not only improve rider safety but to also improve their performance. One issue that many mountain bikers face is chain drop, although it’s not as common as it used to be since the invention of narrow-wide chainrings. MagSuck, a company based in Zhejiang, China, came up with an attractive solution for chain drop—magnetic bike chainringsContinue reading →
  5. Scientists Just Accidentally Created a Permanent Magnetic Liquid

    Scientists Just Accidentally Created a Permanent Magnetic Liquid
    For the first time, scientists have created a permanently magnetic liquid. While soft magnets —also known as a ferromagnetic liquid—exist already, this discovery is different. A soft magnet can exist in liquid form when it’s close to magnetic objects, but it only remains magnetized when in the presence of such an object. This magnetic liquid, however, remained magnetized even after...
  6. Building a New Superconducting Magnet

    Building a New Superconducting Magnet
    After the discovery of electromagnets in the 1800s, the world’s understanding and use of magnets started to evolve. However, the next big game changer didn’t occur until 1911 when Kamerlingh Onnes discovered superconductivity. This refers to the zero electrical resistance and expulsion of magnetic fields in some materials (superconductors) at very low absolute temperatures. Superconductors conduct electricity with “perfect” efficiency...
  7. Magnets in Proximity Sensing Applications

    Magnets in Proximity Sensing Applications
    Without proximity sensors, the details of our day-to-day lives would change. For example, cell phones wouldn’t be as user-friendly, manufacturing would be less streamlined, and the food and beverage industry wouldn’t operate under the same sterilization standards. Smart technology and profitable manufacturing rely on accurate measurement, tracking, and monitoring; proximity sensors provide that.  The Many Types of Proximity Sensors Proximity...
  8. A Basic Guide to Magnetic Strength

    A Basic Guide to Magnetic Strength
    If you’re responsible for procuring magnets for your business, you should have a basic understanding of the variables that impact a magnet’s strength. Why? Because strength relates back to safety, reliability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. To help you meet your responsibilities and choose the best possible product for your application, we put together this quick and easy guide to magnet strength...
  9. The Mystery of Magnetic Mesoamerican Sculptures

    The Mystery of Magnetic Mesoamerican Sculptures
    We’re fascinated by the creative endeavors of those before us, especially when their art involves magnetism. New research, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, suggests that ancient sculptors intentionally chose magnetized rocks when creating their masterpieces. Over 2,000 years ago, sculptors in modern-day Guatemala carved “potbelly sculptures” out of boulders. These sculptures depicted figures of obese humans nearly six and a half feet tall and roughly 22 thousand pounds. There’s more to these sculptures than what meets the eye, though. Continue reading →
  10. Uncommon Uses of Magnets

    Uncommon Uses of Magnets
    While magnets are useful for everyday applications, such as organizing a cluttered bathroom or kitchen, they can also be utilized in some more unconventional ways!  We’ve rounded up some of our favorite not-so-common uses for magnets that’ll show you that magnets are for more than hanging photos on your fridge. Continue reading →

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